STOPSO approved Research Request

I have been commissioned to conduct a study examining the risk assessment of online Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM) users. The aim of the study is to understand how risk assessment judgments are currently made in England and Wales for those identified as CSEM users (whether these assessments occur within the criminal justice system, safeguarding processes, or within the process of help-seeking via an intervention provider). One element of the project involves conducting interviews with practitioners to understand how they assess the risks of this group.

I would like to include the work of STOP/SO members in this project and would be very keen to hear from anyone who has experience of working with CSEM users who would be happy to consider being interviewed for the project.

The study has been approved by the University of the West of England’s ethics committee. I would like to conduct the interviews in January or February 2021, and dates/times are flexible depending on your availability. If you would like to be interviewed for the project, or would like more information, or have any questions, please contact me by email: [email protected]

Thanks very much for your time,



Sarah Brown, Ph.D, Forensic Psychologist, C. Psychol, AFBPsS, ATSAF, FHEA

Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS), University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts, Business and Law, Law School, USC, Queensland Australia

Chair of NOTA, the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abuse